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2012 is the year of Shortland Street

Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) and Rachel McKenna (Angela Bloomfield) - Shortland Street on TV2

2012 is set to be a huge year for Shortland Street as we celebrate 20 years on your television screens.

May 25th, 1992 was a watershed in television history when Shortland Street first hit our screens.  The critic's said we wouldn't last but they were quickly proved wrong as Shorty became a hit with viewers and eventually a New Zealand icon.

Memorable characters, stories and even dialogue ("You're not in Guatemala now, Doctor Ropata") changed the way we view television and ourselves forever.

Cut to: 20 years later - and Shortland Street will be stronger than ever. 2011 was a banner year for the show with record ratings and 2012 will be even bigger.

We'll be celebrating throughout the year with another winter season feature length episode, and a special birthday episode in May.

Shortland Street producer Steven Zanoski shed some light on what viewers can expect for the show's milestone. "While we will pay homage to the stories and cast of the past, we are excited about reflecting with our audience and looking forward."

He hints at some of the exciting storylines coming up during Shorty's 20th year, "Be prepared for a shake up in the hierarchy of the hospital at every level, new romantic liaisons will be established and old favourites revisited, all while bringing you the freshest cast on New Zealand TV."

Keep a lookout for how you can join in the celebrations and in the meantime, enjoy a massive year of drama as we celebrate our 20th birthday!

Celebrating 20 years of Shortland Street on TV2